Could online grocery shopping work for you? header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

For many people, the weekly food shop is one of their least favourite chores. So it’s no surprise that some have been keen to make the switch to ordering their food and household essentials online.

There are plenty of companies to choose from if you want to give the online option a try. These range from organisations that have a national network of bricks-and-mortar shops to those who are online-only specialists. If you prefer, you can stick with your nearest supermarket, or you can opt for a more far-flung option that may have more choice or better prices.

One of the big advantages of doing your weekly shop on the internet is not needing to visit a physical shop. This is an absolute godsend for those who have mobility issues or live in isolated areas, but it can be pretty useful to everyone else as well.

For instance, you don’t have to take time out of your busy day to do the shopping. Instead, it can all be sorted in a few clicks, particularly if your website of choice allows you to save your shopping list so that you can automatically buy what you need next time. It also means that you can do your shopping whenever you want, regardless of the shop’s opening times, or when it is least likely to be busy.

If you find crowds stressful or dislike travelling to and from the shop, these are also problems that cease to exist for those who opt to buy their groceries online.

The process is much like other types of internet shopping. You visit the website, fill up your virtual cart, pay, and then wait for it all to be delivered. Of course, someone will need to be at the delivery address when it arrives, but many companies allow you to pick a specific (normally hour-long) delivery slot, which can make life easier.

Of course, some people like certain aspects of visiting a physical supermarket but dislike others. For them, it may make sense to order some things online but make the trip for others - for example, a lot of people like to inspect and pick out their own fruit and vegetables, but are less concerned about which pack of toilet paper they end up with.